Meat Loaf and Celine Dion’s songwriter and producer Jim Steinman dies ‘suddenly’

Songwriter and music producer Jim Steinman has died aged 73, having worked on some of the biggest albums of the 20th century.

Rock legend Steinman died in Connecticut on Monday, and his death was said to be "sudden," according to TMZ.

There was reportedly a medical emergency call to Steinman's home in the early hours of the morning.

Over the course of his career, Steinman worked with some of the greats of the music industry, collaborating with the likes of Celine Dion and Bonnie Tyler.

He worked extensively on Meat Loaf's legendary Bat Out Of Hell album, which is regarded as one of the most successful albums of all time.

Steinman wrote and produced the hit song I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), which was released in 1993.

The single featured on Meat Loaf's album Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, which he worked on with Steinman.

Bonnie Tyler's most famous song of all time – Total Eclipse of the Heart – was also Steinman's handiwork, released in 1983 on the album Faster Than the Speed of Night.

Over the course of his impressive career, he also worked with the likes of The Sisters of Mercy, Def Leppard, Barbara Streisand and Billy Squier.

Air Supply's Making Love Out of Nothing at All, which topped the charts in the early 80s, is another one of Steinman's masterpieces.

Steinman previously opened up about the inspiration for the lyrics behind Celine Dion's It's All Coming Back To Me Now, which was first recorded by Pandora's Box.

On his website, he wrote: "I was trying to write a song about dead things coming to life. I was trying to write a song about being enslaved and obsessed by love, not just enchanted and happy with it.

"It was about the dark side of love and about the extraordinary ability to be resurrected by it once dead."

When news of his death broke, his fans went to Twitter in their droves to remember his legacy as a songwriter, with one branding Steinman a "lyrical legend".

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"Absolutely gutted the lyrical legend #JimSteinman has passed away #RIPJim no words," one fan wrote.

"In my eyes the greatest, most underappreciated songwriters/composers of all time RIP Jim Steinman," penned a second.

While a third paid tribute by writing: "I am devastated to hear my hero Jim Steinman has passed. Going offline for a bit. Godspeed Jimmy."

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